Pros: unique lid for venting and draining, sleek design, easy to grip handles, glass lids, etc, etc, etc.
Cons: none found
Well, the time finally came for me to buy new pots. My old ones had gotten pitted with time and began to show the telltale evidence of scorched food making me admit that I sometimes get distracted while cooking dinner. (A fact I've been successfully hiding for years) It all started when my son came to visit.
He volunteered to make us dinner and took out the necessary cookware. Then he asked that fateful question, "Hey Mom, what's this black mark inside the pot?" I had to confess that I was making hard boiled eggs when the phone rang. After completing the call, the dog needed to go out. I forgot about the pot.
My son shook his head and my husband sat there in disbelief. "You burned ANOTHER pot?"
The next day, I went shopping! I desperately needed a new set of pots. Even if I hadn't burned any, the set I had was too old to give me another year of faithful service.
After looking around at the many displays, I saw a set that piqued my interest. I'd never seen pots like these before and figured they warranted further inspection. What I found helped me make my decision.
First of all, I wanted a pot (and pan, for that matter) that was non-stick. (don't have to worry about scorch marks on the pan)
This set was non-stick.
Secondly, I wanted something that was not too heavy to handle. (I broke my wrist several years ago and it's never completely been right since.)
These pots were easy to handle.
Next, I wanted the handles to be easy to hold. Nothing awkward or gaudy. They also had to stay cool when cooking.
This set had had great handles. Just was I wanted.
Although I wanted a set that had tempered glass tops, I never seriously thought I'd find a set that had everything including glass tops.
This set had tempered glass tops.
Well, now, I'm batting 1000. This set had all the features I wanted. A great look, sturdy, easy to handle, glass tops! But then, to be honest, so did a few others. BUT..... what this set had that the others didn't is what clinched the deal. Colander-lids and pourspouts.
I know...what the heck is a colander-lid? First, before I describe what this is, let me say that the largest lid in the set doesn't have this feature. But there's a reason for that which I'll come to, later.
Now, the colander-lid. This lid is fitted with a colander-type strainer which slides inside the pot as the lid sits on top. It provides a unique steam venting system while making it easier to drain. (You don't get all that steam in your face as you drain the pot) Now, isn't that a great idea!
The other feature I like about these pots (the saucepans) is the pourspouts on each side. It actually does make pouring a lot easier! (I haven't spilled anything so far)
Now let's get to that big lid. The reason that doesn't have the colander feature and the reason that pot doesn't have the pourspouts is because that pot is the large 5-qt stock pot. It would make no sense (not to mention a bit dangerous) to add these features where they are not needed.
(I can't imagine anyone trying to drain a stock pot)
Well, that was about 6 months ago and today, the pots and pan still look brand new. They clean so easily. Just pop them in the dishwasher and and walk away.
The food cooks evenly and (it might be my imagination...but) I'd swear it even tastes better.
Do I still get distracted while cooking? Sometimes, but now, if I have to leave the kitchen, I set the timer to go off when the food should be done. It saves me from tossing more burned food, it will probably keep my pots looking new for years to come and it saves the fire department a trip. (just kidding!)